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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday June 07 2017, @12:49AM   Printer-friendly
from the another-brick-in-the-wall dept.

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, who left Facebook in March, wants to build a wall... with LIDAR sensors:

Palmer Freeman Luckey was the kind of wunderkind Silicon Valley venerates. When he was just 21, he made an overnight fortune selling his start-up, a company called Oculus VR that made virtual-reality gear, to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014.

But the success story took a sideways turn this year when Mr. Luckey was pressured to leave Facebook months after news spread that he had secretly donated to an organization dedicated to spreading anti-Hillary Clinton internet memes.

[...] And he has a new start-up in the works, a company that is developing surveillance technology that could be deployed on borders between countries and around military bases, according to three people familiar with the plan who asked for anonymity because it's still confidential. They said the investment fund run by Peter Thiel, a technology adviser to Mr. Trump, planned to support the effort.

In an emailed statement, Mr. Luckey confirmed that he was working on a defense-related start-up. "We are spending more than ever on defense technology, yet the pace of innovation has been slowing for decades," he wrote. "We need a new kind of defense company, one that will save taxpayer dollars while creating superior technology to keep our troops and citizens safer."

Also at BBC, CNET, Boing Boing, PCMag, and Engadget.


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by realDonaldTrump on Wednesday June 07 2017, @05:00AM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Wednesday June 07 2017, @05:00AM (#521769) Homepage Journal

    Folks, I promised you that as your President I would build a wall on our Mexican border. And that Mexico would pay for it. One of my biggest promises to you. You elected me, with a huge majority, to build that wall. Because I'm a great, great builder. The only guy who could build the wall. And I'm very proud to say, that wall is being built. Finally, finally we're going to control our border, our Mexican border. Which is very important, because the people Mexico has been sending us, a lot of their people they've been sending us, are not great people. They're bringing drugs, they're doing crimes, they're rapists. Doing terrible things to our women, our beautiful, beautiful American women. To our women's pussies, to their faces, even to their butts. Getting them pregnant and even doing butt stuff. Sad! But I've given out the contracts for the wall and construction has started. Started within my first 100 days. A promise kept, a very big promise kept. But since you've elected me, I've been getting briefed. And one thing, one important thing, I've been briefed about is that there's an even bigger problem than our Mexican border. I'm talking about our Canadian border. It's a huge, huge problem. I've spoken to their Prime Minister, to Justin. Great guy, good looking young fellow. Handsome. He could do daytime TV, the soaps. I think he'd get good ratings, because he has the looks. Or The View, he could host The View. They need someone because they fired Rosie O'Donnell. Very smart move, firing her. She's disgusting! But what Justin is doing is not great for us, it's not great for the U.S.A. And frankly, it's not great for Canada either. Because he's totally lost control over their immigration. Folks, the people they're sending us are a huge, huge problem. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing Islam. They're bringing softwood lumber. They're destroying our industry, totally killing our economy. I promised the American people that I would cancel NAFTA, which is a big part of our Canadian problem. But another big part is the border. We've got to control our Canadian border. But to do it with a wall, it has to be a big, big wall. And we might not be able to, because there are glaciers. Very hard to engineer, because of the glaciers. My advisors tell me that it's very difficult to melt those glaciers. And very difficult to build a wall with those glaciers around. Because the glaciers could knock it over. I asked if we can use our nuclear weapons, our terrific nuclear weapons, to melt the glaciers. They said it would work, but it would be bad for my ratings. I'm the most popular President ever, and I don't want to lose that. So we might have to do the virtual wall. But we have to do it right. So my staff are looking into it. We might do it with huge lasers, we might do it with electricity, we might do it with land mines, or maybe machine guns. But we have to get control of our border -- of all our borders. Get control over who goes in and out. Build a kill zone. Like the bug zappers at Mar-a-Lago. Not necessarily an electric zapper, but we need a zapper. And this virtual wall, the great thing about it, one of the great things about it, is it's got cameras. When we zap, we can get footage of that, and make a show out of it. Or license the footage. Like The Running Man. Not a very bad movie, even though it had Arnold in it. I like movies without Arnold, but he didn't completely ruin The Running Man. Like that, but better because it's real. #TrumpTV

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